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The Mother of the Hoboes and Other Stories
Erie, PA: A-No.1 Publishing Company, 1918. Sixth Edition. No.9 in A-No.1's fictionalized hoboe series. Collects five stories, chief among them being "Mother Delcassee of the Hoboes," about the female proprietor of a hobo flophouse in the French Quarter of New Orleans. A-No.1, moniker of real-life vag Leon Ray Livingston, was...
[Item #25202]
Price: $200.00
 
The Mother of the Hoboes and Other Stories
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The Mother of the Hoboes and Other Stories
Erie, PA: A-No.1 Publishing Company, 1918. Later Edition. No.9 in A-No.1's fictionalized hoboe series. Collects five stories, chief among them being "Mother Delcassee of the Hoboes," about the female proprietor of a hobo flophouse in the French Quarter of New Orleans. A-No.1, moniker of real-life vag Leon Ray Livingston, was...
[Item #25207]
Price: $75.00
 
The Mother of the Hoboes and Other Stories
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Gods of the Lightning / Outside Looking In
New York: Longmans, Green and Co. 1928. First Edition. Collects two three-act plays, the title play being "a drama that paralleles the events of the Sacco-Vanzetti case," and the other being "a play of the hobo world, based on Jim Tully's Beggars of Life." In an attractive, art-deco dustjacket with...
[Item #20473]
Price: $125.00
 
Gods of the Lightning / Outside Looking In
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Depression Pioneers (WPA Social Problems Series, No. 1)
Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1939. First edition. Plea for humane policies for migrant laborers and others made homeless by the Great Depression. Portions extracted from the WPA Monograph Migrant Families, by John N. Webb and Malcolm Brown. Octavo. Staple-bound pamphlet; pictorial wrappers; 19pp; illus. Bump to bound edge at...
[Item #17927]
Price: $45.00
 
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The Bye-Ways of Crime, with Some Stories From the Black Museum
London: Greening & Co. 1899. First Edition. A charming survey of British low-life, documenting the methods and practices of pick-pockets, safe-crackers, card sharpers, portico thieves, shoplifters, forgers, and other criminals in common circulation in Edwardian London. Includes a chapter on "Rogues and Vagabonds." With about 50 text illustrations, all of...
[Item #15339]
Price: $175.00
 
The Bye-Ways of Crime, with Some Stories From the Black Museum
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Street Arabs and Gutter Snipes. The Pathetic and Humorous Side of Young Vagabond Life in the Great Cities, With Records of Work for Their Reformation
San Francisco: A.L. Bancroft & Co. 1884. First Edition. Issued simultaneously under a variety of imprints (including Boston and Chicago); curiously, OCLC offers no record of this San Francisco variant. A sensational pictorial account of the plight of America's homeless children, beggars and tramps, with desultory excursions into the topic...
[Item #13386]
Price: $200.00
 
Street Arabs and Gutter Snipes. The Pathetic and Humorous Side of Young Vagabond Life in the Great Cities, With Records of Work for Their Reformation
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The Main Stem
New York: The Vanguard Press, 1927. First Edition. A notable novel of hobo life. Uncommon, in or out of jacket. Not in HANNA. 12mo. Gold cloth boards, stamped in maroon on spine and front cover; 212pp. Tight, straight copy, Near Fine; lacking the jacket.
[Item #18811]
Price: $60.00
 
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The Main Stem
New York: The Vanguard Press, 1927. First Edition. A notable novel of hobo life. Uncommon, in or out of jacket. Not in HANNA. 12mo. Gold cloth boards, stamped in maroon on spine and front cover; 212pp. Cloth soiled; spine slighlty cocked, but text clean and tight. A solid and not...
[Item #18886]
Price: $30.00
 
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The World of Graft
New York: McClure, Phillips & Co. 1901. First Edition. Early 20th century study on corruption and vice in Chicago, New York, and Boston, by the author of Tramping With Tramps. Contains a 3pp glossary of criminal slang, with numerous first-hand accounts taken by Flynt from active criminals while visiting these...
[Item #19267]
Price: $60.00
 
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Rolling Nowhere
New York: Viking Press, 1984. First Edition. Conover's first book, begun as a Master's thesis in anthropology. A classic of participatory journalism, and an important entry in the literature of modern vagabondia. Also the book that launched many thousands of college-age faux-bos on their chuckleheaded careers. Comme ci comme ├ža...
[Item #13385]
Price: $45.00
 
Rolling Nowhere
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Tramping With Tramps: Studies and Sketches of Vagabond Life
New York: The Century Co. 1899. First Edition. Tan cloth boards, printed in red; xiv, 398pp; illus. Brief wear; spine slightly sunned; corner chip to front endpaper; contemporary ownership signature. A tight, straight Very Good copy. Collects Flynt's writings on America's transient underworrld, a subject with which he was intimately...
[Item #8524]
Price: $75.00
 
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Vagrancy in the United States. A Paper Presented at the Thirty-fourth Annual Session of the National Conference of Charities and Corrections, Minneapolis, Minn., June 14, 1907
New York: Privately Printed, 1907. First edition. Detailed investigation of the growing problem of the interrelation of tramps and railroads, collecting statistics and anecdotal evidence from various governmental authorities, from charity organizations, and from railroad companies around the country. The author was a criminologist and sociologist of the underworld; his...
[Item #9968]
Price: $125.00
 
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Sister of the Road: the Autobiography of Box-Car Bertha, as Told to Dr. Ben L. Reitman [Review Copy]
New York: Macaulay, 1937. First Edition. Fictionalized aubobiography of "Boxcar Bertha" Thompson, providing a frank depiction of the life of a female hobo, surviving the Great Depression by riding the rails with occasional forays into petty crime and prostitution. By the infamous "Hobo King" Ben Reitman, whose career as a....
[Item #19245]
Price: $85.00
 
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A Day With a Tramp and Other Days
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1901. First Edition. Small Octavo; cloth boards; 191pp. Page edges slightly dusty, hint of scuffing to cloth on spine and front cover, else a tight, Near Fine copy. Interesting early experiment in field sociology. The author spent 18 months working his way from Connecticut to...
[Item #8489]
Price: $20.00
 
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No Enemy (But Himself)
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1894. First Edition. Hubbard's fourth book, a novel of artificial tramp-life (millionaire trades his wealth briefly to see for himself "how the other half lives"). Somewhat uncommon. WRIGHT III:2840. Octavo (20cm). Pictorial cloth in two colors, blocked in black on front cover and gilt on...
[Item #19505]
Price: $75.00
 
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Fishke the Lame
New York: Thomas Yoseloff, [1960]. First Thus. Yiddish short story originally published in 1869 and expanded to novel length in 1888 recounting the lives of two crippled beggars and their competitor, a book peddler named Alter. A blistering critique of Jewish 19th-century society and its contempt for the poor. Octavo...
[Item #25740]
Price: $25.00
 
Fishke the Lame
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"How to Save the Boys." A Proposed Plan for County Industrial Farms for Vagrant, Homeless, and Wayward Boys
Paterson, N.J. Press of News Printing Co. 1893. First Edition. Proposal inspired by both urban growth in the state of New Jersey as well as the economic depression of 1893. Addressed to the state Legislature regarding a certain class of vagrant boys found in the large cities of New Jersey...
[Item #22449]
Price: $250.00
 
"How to Save the Boys." A Proposed Plan for County Industrial Farms for Vagrant, Homeless, and Wayward Boys
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Waiting for Nothing
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1935. First Edition. Quintessentially bleak novel of the Great Depression, written by a West Virginia drifter who famously scribbled his story down on scrap paper scrounged on the streets, in boxcars, and in hobo jungles. The novel was highly praised upon publication, but Kromer never...
[Item #8536]
Price: $175.00
 
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Let Me Breathe Thunder
New York: Doubleday, Doran, 1939. First Edition. HANNA 149. COAN p. 80. GLOSTER, p.249. Attaway's first novel, of two migratory workers and a young Mexican boy drifting through the Northwest and the prairie. Gloster says of Attaway that he "was more active than any other Negro fiction writer of the...
[Item #6894]
Price: $200.00
 
Let Me Breathe Thunder
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All Giants Wear Yellow Breeches - A Chronicle of Boyhood
New York: William R. Scott, 1935. First Edition. Autobiographical novel of a midwestern childhood. In the jacket bio, the author describes himself as a "a common hobo...I slept in depots and doorways, worked occasionally as farm hand, hotel night watchman, well digger, nurseryman; I associated with stiffs and panhandlers, rode...
[Item #13120]
Price: $75.00
 
All Giants Wear Yellow Breeches - A Chronicle of Boyhood
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Hellcrest
Denver: Smith-Brooks, 1929. First Edition. An unorthodox rags-to-riches tale in which a homeless waif-turned-hobo rises against adversity to achieve success as a free-thinking criminal defense lawyer, much in the vein of Clarence Darrow. The author was a prominent (and famously eccentric) Denver chiropractor, an outspoken freethinker who was described in...
[Item #13382]
Price: $150.00
 
Hellcrest
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The Nomads
St. Louis: Cosmos Publishing Co. 1903. First Edition. A lively, if slightly sophomoric, picaresque romance of two young men who hit the boxcars in pursuit of gold and adventure. Along the way they support themselves by begging and working odd jobs. Though of dubious authenticity -- one gets the impression...
[Item #16467]
Price: $125.00
 
The Nomads
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Beggars Abroad
Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1930. First Edition. Memoir of Tully's first trip abroad, tramping through Europe and meeting everyone from down-and-out boxers to the likes of H.G. Wells, Bernard Shaw, James Joyce, and Clarence Darrow. First Printing. Octavo (19.5cm); light green cloth, with titles stamped in hunter green...
[Item #23979]
Price: $250.00
 
Beggars Abroad
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Powers That Prey
New York: McClure, Phillips, 1900. First Edition. Tales of the New York underworld, intended as an expose of illicit cooperation between corrupt city officials and organized crime. Flynt, one of McClure's top muckraking journalists, became best known for his series of articles about hobo life, eventually collected as "Tramping With...
[Item #6900]
Price: $75.00
 
Powers That Prey